People come up to me all the time in New York. Not for autographs, but to talk about movies, often in a very scientific way.
Onstage I have a natural chutzpa that audiences like. I'm out there.
An actor really is a kind of intermediary between an audience and the piece, whether it's a play or movie.
And I think that when I play these villains, maybe what is different is that the audience sees me play these and they know that that's Chris and he's having fun and he knows that and he knows that and you know that and everybody knows that.
As an actor you become that lighting rod between the person who made the play and the audience.
I think if you do something effectively whether you're the lover or the comic or the action guy or the villain like I play; movies are very expensive to make. Chances are you'll get asked to play that part again.
My father was a lesson. He had his own bakery, and it was closed one day a week, but he would go anyway. He did it because he really loved his bakery. It wasn't a job.
I think that a good movie creates its own world, and that world needn't refer to anything that's real. If it's consistent, if it's entertaining, if it's interesting, it justifies its being there.
I grew up in the '50s, in New York City, where television was born. There were 90 live shows every week, and they used a lot of kids. There were schools just for these kids. There was a whole world that doesn't exist anymore.
I used to love Danish. My father used to make a Boston cream pie. You never see that anymore.
When I was a kid, I worked in the circus. It was a touring circus that was owned by a man named Terrell Jacobs. It was just one big tent, and he was a lion tamer. He didn't have any kids, but the bit was that I would dress up as his son in an identical outfit.
I have a friend of mine who does me on his answering machine, and when I call him, I answer. It's pretty strange.
Quite often, I'll be sent a script for a movie. And I find that I like it, so I say I'll do it. But then they rewrite it for me. They make it quirky. Odd. I find that rather annoying. I call it Walkenising.
I remember that. I was talking to him and I said how great it would be if actors had a tail because I have animals and a tail is so expressive. On a cat you can tell everything. You can tell if they're annoyed. You can tell whether they're scared.
I'm not much of an analyzer or a psychologist.
To be honest, I was never very ambitious. And I still am not.
I'll tell you, Quentin Tarantino really writes the most amazing dialogue.
I think I'm getting a little bit of Alzheimer's. Just a little.